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catspaw49 03 Feb 03 - 12:34 PM
GUEST,ClaireBear 03 Feb 03 - 12:42 PM
Nemesis 03 Feb 03 - 05:44 PM
VoxFox 03 Feb 03 - 05:58 PM
GUEST,Claymore 03 Feb 03 - 07:12 PM
Mr Happy 03 Feb 03 - 07:23 PM
wysiwyg 03 Feb 03 - 11:20 PM
Rapparee 04 Feb 03 - 09:03 AM
Ian 04 Feb 03 - 09:19 AM
TIA 04 Feb 03 - 09:31 AM
GUEST,jjmodel48 04 Feb 03 - 10:26 AM
GUEST,Les B. 04 Feb 03 - 01:33 PM
GUEST,Les B. 04 Feb 03 - 01:35 PM
robomatic 04 Feb 03 - 05:18 PM
Joe_F 04 Feb 03 - 10:06 PM
GUEST,leeneia 04 Feb 03 - 10:49 PM
Micca 05 Feb 03 - 06:24 AM
HuwG 05 Feb 03 - 06:43 AM
cetmst 05 Feb 03 - 08:10 AM
GUEST,MC Fat 05 Feb 03 - 08:14 AM
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Subject: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: catspaw49
Date: 03 Feb 03 - 12:34 PM

Always a bit of good fun to read some wacky phrases and everyone's typos. I loved the restaurant in Naples, Florida named "Buffalo Chips"....not sure what they serve, but I hope that's not their specialty.......

Karen got an e-mail from "Flylady"....a home organizing aid that I've mentioned here before. She sends out a ton of e-mail and is generally pretty free of errors, but sometimes you just miss one. Below is a copy of the one she sent out the second time which includes the first one with the typo and her comment after she fixed it at the bottom.
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Date: Friday, January 31, 2003
Time: 2:30PM EST (GMT-05:00)

Friday is our Date night! We always go blowing!
Are you planning anything special for your Sweet Darling? If you
cringe at the thought of this, then it is time you started doing
it every week. If you don't then you are going to let your
relationship fade. It doesn't take much, to show them that you
think they are special. If you don't have a Sweet Darling, then
do something special for yourself. Rent a movie, Listen to great
music. Dinner with a friend, or a walk in the park.

If Fridays don't work for you, pick another night and put it on
your calendar right now. You will be glad you did.


***************************
I have fixed it already: Thanks for telling me and enjoying my typo.
We are going BOWLING NOW!

FlyLady

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I think the funniest thing about this one (as in many typos) is how well the rest of the paragraph fits!!! Personally, I like bowling, but given the choice........................

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: GUEST,ClaireBear
Date: 03 Feb 03 - 12:42 PM

I proofread and edit for a living. Here are some that I'll always regret spotting -- simply because it would have been so glorious had they actually gone to print this way:

"...perfect for serving your cherry herring" [of a crystal decanter in a Williams-Sonoma catalog in the early '80s. Oh, the horror!]

"Early Grey tea..." [incredibly, from the very same W-S catalog issue]

"Walter Winchell, noted anticolumnist..." [East Bay Express newspaper, ca. 1993]


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: Nemesis
Date: 03 Feb 03 - 05:44 PM

I've mentioned this one before from The Daily Times of Malawi (when I lived there)

re. the film showing at the local fleapit:

"Starring CLINK EASTWOOD"
and the following day the apology that in fact yesterday's article should have read:

"Starring CUNT EASTWOOD"

Or the reporter who subsequently disappeared for writing that
"The President's Mbumba (women praising him) were urinating and crapping in the streets"


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: VoxFox
Date: 03 Feb 03 - 05:58 PM

Saw this in a restaurant the other day:   In Case Of Fire, Remain Clam.   No,it wasn't a seafood restuarant. :o)VF


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: GUEST,Claymore
Date: 03 Feb 03 - 07:12 PM

When it comes to misusing the word, "bowl", I must in all honesty, claim the title for myself.

A couple of months ago, in a thread discussing "Unusual Percussion Instruments", I was discribing the "Bottlehran", ie. using the side of five gallon plastic water jug you see sitting on top of the office water cooler as a brodhran type of drum. I described the sound you get from using a soft tipper on the waxed side of the bottle, as that of "a wet finger being rubbed around the rim of a large bowel".

As you can see, it's no contest...


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: Mr Happy
Date: 03 Feb 03 - 07:23 PM

what kind of drum is 'a brodhran type of drum'?


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Feb 03 - 11:20 PM

Oh THANK you everyone!

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: Rapparee
Date: 04 Feb 03 - 09:03 AM

I just deleted an email advertising for someone to conduct "souring interviews" for the Toyota car company. From the context I suspect they meant "scouring interviews" -- that is, pouring over resumes, CVs, applications and then conducting brief interviews of the survivors. I wondered if these interviews were to dissuade folks from working there....


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: Ian
Date: 04 Feb 03 - 09:19 AM

In the 1970's I saw in a description of a metel water store tank to be delivered to Northern Ireland, "The tank will be supplied complete with Catholic Protection Packs".
It should have been "Cathodic protection packs".


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: TIA
Date: 04 Feb 03 - 09:31 AM

Okay, it's not a typo, but today we got an advertisement in the mail that had clearly been produced on a copier, and on every copy was the image of a curly hair...yeah, that kind of hair. Must have been on the glass of the copier - perhaps from some of that infamous copying of personal parts.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: GUEST,jjmodel48
Date: 04 Feb 03 - 10:26 AM

I gather it was a public hair.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: GUEST,Les B.
Date: 04 Feb 03 - 01:33 PM

Which reminds mw of a job ad I saw once for a "Pubic Information Officer".


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: GUEST,Les B.
Date: 04 Feb 03 - 01:35 PM

Guess I should have proofed - "mw" should be me!


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: robomatic
Date: 04 Feb 03 - 05:18 PM

When I run Microsoft spellcheck on 'cathodic protection' it suggests 'catholic protection'. I showed it to O'Shaugnessy but she says it's a miss-take.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: Joe_F
Date: 04 Feb 03 - 10:06 PM

Some typos have such poetic charm that it seems a pity to correct them. Here are some that I have regretfully undone in my years as a copyeditor:

arbitrariety
foolhearty
notwisthstanding
errorful
contraddictions
the drivial case
cluttter
interatively
    (One of those portmanteau typos, like the notorious manimum &
    miximum.)
helpful and inciteful comments
propergation
integarble
pnuemonics
inexectricably
illucidate
anomality
Collorally
infinimum
arbitrarility
charasteristic
accuracity
stepwisely
Concludingly,...
successless
removement
irrregular
irregularer
disturbation
blobules


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 04 Feb 03 - 10:49 PM

Hey, Joe F., I really like the word "cluttter."


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: Micca
Date: 05 Feb 03 - 06:24 AM

Not a typo, just different use of Language that had a Canadian friend in hysterics at our local DIY store. A few years ago they had a device that split the down pipe from the roof gutter and diverted the rain water into a barrel for use on the garden with an automatic constant head device built in. The notice said " With this you can divert the water directly into your Butt!!!!!" Colonic Irrigation?


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: HuwG
Date: 05 Feb 03 - 06:43 AM

The "Guardian" [UK newspaper, often referred to in the past as the "Grauniad" because of the frequency of its misprints], allegedly announced once that their "night poof reader" was retiring.

They ran a story once on smuggling illegal immigrants into Britain to work as prostitutes, which ended, "... the suspects were traced to Birmingham, where Police and immigration officers ponced."

[That should have read, "pounced", I hope you all guessed that].


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: cetmst
Date: 05 Feb 03 - 08:10 AM

My favorite from a medical chart - Admission diagnosis: Pissible kidney stone.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: GUEST,MC Fat
Date: 05 Feb 03 - 08:14 AM

A college prospectus that had the phrase ' We care abot accuracy' and an job advert for an experienced Shit Passer (should be Shirt Passer)


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: HuwG
Date: 05 Feb 03 - 08:23 AM

Here is a link to an earlier thread on The Worst Typo I've ever seen


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: GUEST,Redhorse at work
Date: 05 Feb 03 - 08:26 AM

I also remember an article in the Grauniad about "The Association of Cunty archivists"


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: artbrooks
Date: 05 Feb 03 - 08:46 AM

Hul9l


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: Genie
Date: 05 Feb 03 - 09:06 AM

Joe_F, a few of those typos you corrected are priceless -- the kind of
thing that could coin a new word:

 

foolhearty  - adj. - prone to following one's heart against the
better judgment of the head

inciteful  - adj.  (as in "inciteful criticism") -provocatively
perceptive

propergation - verb. - conception achieved using the "missionary position"

infinimum  - noun - the infinitesimally smallest amount conceivable

disturbation  ( I leave it to you folks to do this one yourselves)

blobules -   This one needs no definition.  It's almost
a case of onomotopoeia (sp?).

accuracity  - Dubya's term for both being honest and having a
good memory for detail at the same time


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: gnu
Date: 05 Feb 03 - 09:07 AM

Years ago, John, one of my survey crew in Wabush, Labrador, was once a radio DJ in Cold Lake, Alberta. Cold Lake is home to a Canadian Air Force Base which trains CF-18 fighter pilots. After a crash, his last sentence on air was, partially, "... the pilot managed to ejaculate safely." The poor lad never returned to the mic.

Now, even worse. We shut down construction for the winter in early December. Jobs were scarce so he and Lloyd, another of the crew, set up a "picture with Santa" booth Labrador City mall (Wabush and Lab City are side by each). In the late evening, after young children were home in bed, Lloyd would stuff a large carrot in his crotch and invite the local fluff he knew to get a picture taken for free. Much hilarity ensued, until a rather snooty lady of the local high society snobbery insisted on a picture. Lloyd tried to squirm the carrot away from disaster, but could not.

Now, even worse. The ensuing disaster began with a look of horror, and quickly went to screaching disapproval and calls for the manager, mixed with the husband's threats to sue the mall, have the lads thrown in jail, and so on. It might have been okay in the end. However, John was wearing an elf suit with pants which had a button fly. John never wore underwear and, in the fracas, noticed only too late that Little John had fallen exposed... John never worked at the mall again, either. Lloyd neither.

I re-hired them both the following spring.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: GUEST,Foe
Date: 05 Feb 03 - 09:07 AM

My step-daughter gave us a grocery bag she got from a store in Iowa that had a listing of all the events and times at the Iowa State Fair currently in progress. Listed under demonstrations in the livestock area was one that said, "1:30 PM Sheep Sharing" I'll bet that drew a crowd.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: Genie
Date: 05 Feb 03 - 09:16 AM

A newspaper printed a story that mentioned a man who was "... a defective on the Police Force...  ."
The next day they printed a correction:
"That should have read: "[Officer's name] is a detective on the Police Farce."


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: Cluin
Date: 05 Feb 03 - 01:47 PM

My mom was glancing through the want ads section of the paper one day, then suddenly asked everybody, "What's a Guido?"

"I've heard that used as a disparaging term for an Italian guy," I told her. "Why?"

"I thought so," she said. "But there's a fly-in lodge here that's looking to hire a full-time Guido. They can't say that, can they?"

I looked at the ad.

"Put on your bi-focals, Mom. That's Guide."


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: Kim C
Date: 06 Feb 03 - 01:43 PM

Complete and utter Pandelirium!!!! :-D


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: HuwG
Date: 06 Feb 03 - 01:52 PM

A friend who once worked for the (now long-dead) National Coal Board, in South Yorkshire, nearly lost her job when she reviewed a Senior Manager's letter to the widow of a retired miner. The bit that nearly led to her downfall read,

"... we must accordingly revise your concessionary coal entitlement in line with your changed circumstances, to three and a half tons per anum. "


The NCB was never noted for its generosity to its workforce, but this suggestion was clearly over the top.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: Rapparee
Date: 06 Feb 03 - 04:13 PM

I think that every public library in the world was at one time or another typed its name as the "____________ Pubic Library." I don't think that it's a Freudian slip....


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: Schantieman
Date: 07 Feb 03 - 01:19 PM

And then there was the father who received a letter from his son's school advising him that the fees would be increasing henceforth to £5500 per anum.   He wrote back saying that he'd prefer to pay through the nose as usual.

Steve


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: Schantieman
Date: 07 Feb 03 - 01:24 PM

...and a couple of exam howlers...

The prievious experiment was ecxacly the same aooart from instead of the mass of the bob changing the length of the string was extendended.

The food molecules are curried away in capilaries.


...and plenty more where they came from!


Steve


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Typos and other Wackiness
From: Genie
Date: 07 Feb 03 - 11:04 PM

Ah, yes, Steve! Student bloopers. I've got a wonderful collection from my own former students. I'll post some of them later.

Genie


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